Luminous: Celebrating 50 Years of the Australian Ballet
The Australian Ballet, $99 hb, 360 pp, 9780646552934
At the closing performance of the Borovansky Ballet in 1961, Peggy van Praagh stepped onstage and spoke about the importance of founding an Australian ballet company. Harold Holt, the serving federal treasurer, went backstage to pledge his personal support. Van Praagh’s celebrated history as a dancer and director overseas made her the perfect candidate to run such a company.